USA Baldwin Profiles Nursing Student Meridith Taylor

Posted on May 4, 2017 by


The College of Nursing has a special Accelerated BSN/MSN Pathway for academically qualified and highly motivated individuals that have a bachelor's degree in another field. Students are admitted twice each year: January and July.

For students like Meridith Taylor, who has a prior degree in Medical Laboratory Science, it gives them a chance to change career paths.

"In my previous position, I never seemed to get the patient interaction I was really interested in that fits right along with my outgoing personality. While working in the laboratory I made an impact on patient’s lives, but I didn’t want to be behind a closed door anymore but instead wanted to see the joy on my patient's faces when I was able to care for them while ensuring they reached their full health potential again," said Taylor.

The USA accelerated BSN program has provided Taylor with numerous opportunities to shape her educational future on her own terms. "The program is definitely not for the weak, but It's worth every ounce of hard work that you put into it and I know I am part of the future of America’s healthcare."


Admission is selective and competitive. The curriculum is intensive and fast paced. The College of Nursing reserves the right to select students determined to be the best qualified and most likely to succeed in this challenging graduate program in nursing.

1. A graduate of an accredited baccalaureate program with a minimum 3.0 GPA on a 4.0 scale.

2. Applicants must have completed all prerequisite course work as listed below with a minimum GPA of 3.0 ("A"=4.0) and no grade less than a "C".

Prerequisite Courses

  • EH 101- English Composition I
  • EH 102- English Composition II
  • Biology with Lab
  • Anatomy and Physiology I with Lab
  • Anatomy and Physiology II with Lab
  • Microbiology or Infectious Disease
  • Statistics
  • Finite Math or Precalculus algebra (or higher)
  • Chemistry with Lab
  • General Psychology


Students are admitted as undergraduates during the foundation component of the curriculum (first 12-months). Financial aid is restricted to the types and amounts for which an undergraduate student is eligible.

Upon satisfactory completion of the foundation component of the curriculum, the student will complete all necessary paperwork for reclassification as a graduate student and will continue through the remainder of the program. During this phase of the curriculum, financial aid is restricted to the types and amounts for which a graduate student is eligible.

Application Deadline:

  • March 15 for classes starting at the end of July each year.
  • July 15 for classes starting in January each year.

If the application deadline has passed, please contact the College of Nursing. They accept late applications if seats are available in the class. If progression in the program is interrupted for any reason, the student must apply for readmission. Applications for readmission are available in the Office of Student Services. Readmission to clinical courses is on a space-available basis. Click here for an application.

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